has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on safety cooperation with the Civil Aviation Administration of China
(CAAC). The MoU covers a five-year cooperation program in the areas of rules and regulations training for Chinese aviation authorities, maintenance
operation support for airlines, air traffic management (ATM) technologies and concepts and a "train the trainer" program for Chinese aviation
institutes and universities. This MoU follows an earlier Safety Cooperation Agreement that was signed in 2002.
"Hundreds of millions of people fly on Airbus aircraft every year, and their safety is our top priority", said Tom Enders, Airbus President and
CEO. "Within this partnership, regulators, operators and Airbus, as manufacturer, work closely together to further
enhance the safety standards in Chinese civil aviation and ensure future interoperability of ATM systems in the world. We are proud to continue
the sharing of our experiences together between CAAC and Airbus."
With the common understanding that civil aviation safety is of paramount importance and taking into account the quickly growing Chinese
aviation industry as well as the shortage of highly skilled resources, Airbus and CAAC have set the common objective to further improve the
level of aviation safety in China. In addition, this could also contribute to increase the eco-efficiency of the sector, since optimizing routings, for
example, would allow for important fuel, cost and therefore also emission savings.
Airbus and CAAC already developed and launched various programs and projects in the past, which have contributed to improving the safety of
aircraft operations, inspectors' training, maintenance enhancement and aircraft fleet standardization since 2002 when the cooperation first
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